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Labrador holds big lead in bid for 2nd term; Simpson has 68%

Freshman GOP Congressman Raul Labrador appears headed toward a second term, with a big lead over Democratic challenger Jimmy Farris and two other candidates. With 34 percent of the vote in the 1st Congressional District counted, Labrador had 64 percent to Farris' 31 percent. Libertarian Rob Oates had 3 percent, and “Pro-Life,” formerly known as Marvin Richardson, had 2 percent.

Labrador, a former state lawmaker and attorney, has made a name for himself in his first term as a tea party favorite and hard-line conservative. “Washington has not changed me,” he declared during his campaign.

Farris, a former NFL football player and Lewiston native who was making his first run for office, said, “I'm pleased with the campaign we ran. I feel like I was able to … give people a choice.”

Farris said he's likely to run for office again in two years.

Meanwhile, in the 2nd Congressional District race, with 47 percent of the vote counted, GOP Rep. Mike Simpson had 68 percent to Democratic challenger Nicole LeFavour's 32 percent.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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